2019 Masters Preview: Will We See Another Quirky Champion?


Brian Spurlock, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Bryson DeChambeau

Apr 09, 2019, 12:00 AM EDT
  • Recent Masters winners -- Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson -- have all been quirky in their own ways.
  • Which players might fit the bill at the 2019 Masters?

AUGUSTA, Ga. – It takes a certain type of personality to win the Masters.

You have to be fierce, yet in control; you have to be passionate, yet coolly confident.

That’s what they say, at least.

I don’t know about all that. Maybe the real key is just posting a lower four-day total than any of your fellow competitors.

There is no singular personality trait that is utterly crucial to winning this event. But if we’re looking for an edge — and who isn’t? — there’s a recent trend which suggests Masters champions aren’t cookie-cutter kinds of guys.

Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson, each of whom has won at Augusta National in recent years, can all be deemed “quirky.” That’s a nice way of saying that, in their own idiosyncratic ways, they each own characteristics that set them apart from the PGA Tour crowds. If you also want to include Danny Willett and Jordan Spieth in certain terms on this list, well, you’re probably not wrong.

Perhaps the better explanation is that each of the past five Masters champions is polarizing in his own way.

Plenty of elite professional golfers barely spark any passion from the masses, but the recent winner’s list reads like a who’s who of love-‘em-or-hate-‘em characters.

Will the trend continue? Will we witness another “quirky” or “polarizing” champion this year?

If you’re into such patterns, here are three potential options to keep this streak going.

All odds via the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook and current as of Sunday afternoon.

Bryson DeChambeau

Odds to win: 25-1

Yes, I feel fairly safe referring to BAD as “quirky” without any potential repercussions.

The “Scientist” sees golf from a different perspective than any of his peers, from using single-length clubs to employing physics during pre-shot calculations. This just in: Dustin Johnson ain’t factoring air density before pulling the trigger.

If there exists a poster child for the type of recent winners we’ve seen at the Masters, it’s DeChambeau, who fits the profile and then some.